Fresh Eyes for 2018

Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ on Care for Our Common Home makes hard and painful reading. It challenges us to change our flawed attitudes to Planet Earth, and change is hard. But behind the tough news is a mysticism, a faith-filled way of looking at Creation with ever-deeper love. Over the coming year, 2018, we will explore this profound way of viewing creation, which is embedded in Laudato Si’. Then its challenges will be charged with new urgency, because as we come to love our Earth more, we will be drawn to defend it better. So let’s begin!

The Pope says, ‘It is our humble conviction that the divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation, in the last speck of dust of our planet’ (n.9).

This faith-insight changes everything! Every molecule of creation is sacred. See as sacred a plant, a bird, a carrot, a drop of water, and you will begin to see the world as God sees it!

Keep coming back to the pope’s statement. Take it in as best you can. Share your reflections with others and notice how your heart is softening with appreciation and concern for the small things of earth. God is the God of all small things, so you meet God in them as well as in the Church, the sacraments, your devotions. Ask St Francis of Assisi to share with you this way of seeing the world!

-          Brian Grogan SJ